Whereas AUTHOR Layli Long Soldier E–pub/Kindle


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  • Whereas AUTHOR Layli Long Soldier
  • Layli Long Soldier
  • English
  • 09 February 2019
  • 9781555977672

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Whereas AUTHOR Layli Long Soldier Read & Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Layli Long Soldier ✓ 4 Free read The astonishing powerful debut by the winner of a 2016 Whiting Writers' Award WHEREAS her birth signaled the responsibility as mother to teach what it is to be Lakota therein the uestion What did I know about being Lakota Signaled panic blood rush my embarrassment What did I know of our language but pieces Would I teach her to be pieces Until a friend comforted Don’t worry you and your daughter will learn together Today she stood sunlight on her shoulders lean and straight to share a song in Diné her fa. While performance seems to suit the strengths of most modern poets works Layli Long Soldier s poetry is harder to separate from the page which doesn t mean that it rests there comfortably uite the contrary Midway through WHEREAS 2017 her debut collection and a National Book Award finalist the speaker states I will compose each sentence with care by minding what the rules of writing dictate The declaration is noteworthy because up to this point in the book as an epigraph announces Long Soldier shows little inclination to mind the rules Nowmake room in the mouthfor grassesgrassesgrasses The language of WHEREAS enacts the struggle of its project the sheer weight of representing an I that is both a self and a part of a highly diverse collective American Indians whose identity has largely been imposed from without For Long Soldier an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux tribe and a visual artist who has taught at Din College in the Navajo Nation syntax itself strains and cracks under the burdenThe vow to compose sentences with care comes from 38 a five page poem that acts as a fulcrum between the shorter poems in the book s first section and the longer Whereas Statements of the book s second and final section 38 is an account of the largest legal execution in US history 38 Sioux prisoners hanged with President Abraham Lincoln s approval following the 1862 Sioux Uprising The poem builds force with stark declarative sentences each standing as a stanza or paragraph on its own The hanging took place on December 26 1862 the day after ChristmasThis was the same week that President Lincoln signed the Emancipation ProclamationIn the preceding sentence I italicize same week for emphasis The Sioux fought because they were starving They hadn t received the payments agreed to in treaties with the US government they had lost their hunting grounds and local traders refused to extend them credit to buy food One of the traders was supposed to have said If they are hungry let them eat grass After a raid by Sioux warriors this trader s body was found with his mouth stuffed with grass Some might call this poetic justice Long Soldier goes further I am inclined to call this act by the Dakota warriors a poemThere s irony in their poemThere was no text Real poems do not really reuire words Then she reconsiders After all the trader s words initiate the poem click the gears of the poem into place It s telling that even in the most straightforward portion of the book Long Soldier deploys language to mark its own limits to probe its utility to take its measure against concrete and tangible actionsLong Soldier s fitful yearning relationship to the language of her father and older relatives her palpable ache of being language poor when it comes to Lakota embodies that sense of inadeuacy of constantly reaching and failing to connect or express I climb the backs of languages she writes ride them into exhaustion maybe I pull the reins when I mean go Because even with Long Soldier s rich command of it English is a fraught instrument for exploring the dark legacies of the US and the Sioux s shared history which Long Soldier as a dual citizen is heir to Her visual artistry at work she avails herself of the spatial elements of text ellipses disjunction concrete poetry blank space to convey uncertainty and instability This grasping at the elusiveness of sense making can be thrilling but it demands that the reader weather discomfort abstraction and incompleteness and not flinch from asking with Long Soldier about the whole endeavor Is poetry up to the taskFor Long Soldier language and the body are not really separable Apology is at the heart of the book and physical gesture is at the heart of apology As she tells us In many Native languages there is no word for apologize The same goes for sorry yet there are ways to admit error and make amends The title WHEREAS comes from the careful official language of a federal apology to American Indians a series of toothless whereas clauses in a Senate resolution that was later cut to half a page and tucked into a defense appropriations bill signed by President Barack Obama one December weekend in 2009 with no announcement and no tribal representatives present The US government s apology to American Indians is almost the definition of an empty gestureLong Soldier sets this in contrast to a uiet moment with her estranged father over breakfast in her kitchen A little sound escapes him and then He pinched his fingers to the bridge of his nose sueezed his eyes He wiped What seems at first to the speaker like a sneeze is an almost silent sob a prelude to words of remorse for decades of absence and inattention WHEREAS when offered an apology Long Soldier writes I watch each movement the shouldershigh or folding tilt of the head both eyes down or straight throughme I listen for cracks in knuckles or in the word choice what is itthat I want To feel and mind you I feel from the senses I readeach muscle I ask the strength of the gesture to move like a poem A nation cannot pinch its fingers to the bridge of its nose but there are ways of giving flesh to language Long Soldier s lyric I at once fractured and centered within its fissures attempts a poetry that can bear grief and make something new just as the poet wishes that her young daughter learning Lakota and Navajo and beginning to appreciate the fragments that make up her identity may someday come to understand wholeness for what it is not for what it s not all of it the pieces This poetry collection will put off many people It is not easy to get into since Long Soldier demands your full attention You cannot sleep on her words you have to be on guard give her your all The way she plays so masterfully with language made my little linguistic heart full to bursting Sure some of the poems are on the experimental side and it s hard to really understand them if you re not in Long Soldier s shoes but she guides you along with her own expertise offers you a helping hand in understanding where she is coming from explains why she writes in that particular way The treatment of Native communities by the US government and US citizens is appalling Their ignorance is infuriating Their audacity is disgusting I am incredibly grateful that a poetry collection like WHEREAS exists in which a woman gives voice to her people and people who have suffered comparable atrocities and demands better from a government a country a people who have forcibly taken a land that rightfully wasn t theirs and can t seem to own up to it even centuries later

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Whereas AUTHOR Layli Long Soldier

Whereas AUTHOR Layli Long Soldier Read & Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Layli Long Soldier ✓ 4 Free read Ther’s language To sing she motions simultaneously with her hands; I watch her be in multiple musics from “WHEREAS Statements” WHEREAS confronts the coercive language of the United States government in its responses treaties and apologies to Native American peoples and tribes and reflects that language in its officiousness and duplicity back on its perpetrators Through a virtuosic array of short lyrics prose poems longer narrative seuences resolutions and disclaimers Layli Long Soldier has created a. Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexThese poems are memorable and moving but most of all they re important Being Native American is existing in a place that has massacred and stolen from your ancestors and now expects you to be appreciative for surviving This poetry explores how hard it is to gain understanding from a government that downplays it s transgressions while apologizing This author plays with language throughout her poetry and used formatting to add depth to her poems Most public schools do not explain who Native Americans are in history leaving most people to stumble upon the horrors that occurred against them on their own From 38 The Dakota 38 refers to thirty eight Dakota men who were executed by hanging under orders from President Abraham Lincoln To date this is the largest legal mass execution in US history The hanging took place on December 26 1862 the day after Christmas This was the same week that President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation The ideals that America are modeled on do not ring true when looking at history This book of poems explores how the author learns to express her identity and hold on to her culture A large portion of the poems are in response to the apology that Obama signed in 2010 The poems point out the inadeuacy and insulting nature of how the apology was done The lyrical poems help shed light on the reality of Native American reservations The truth and emotions of what she shares is essential reading I would recommend this book to all readers who want to learn about the history of the people who survived the creation of the United States

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Whereas AUTHOR Layli Long Soldier Read & Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Layli Long Soldier ✓ 4 Free read Brilliantly innovative text to examine histories landscapes her own writing and her predicament inside national affiliations “I am” she writes “a citizen of the United States and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe meaning I am a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation and in this dual citizenship I must work I must eat I must art I must mother I must friend I must listen I must observe constantly I must live” This strident plaintive book introduces a major new voice in contemporary literature. 45 that I m rounding up because the poems contained within are beautiful raw angry resigned joyful bodily real


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    Whereas AUTHOR Layli Long Soldier E–pub/Kindle An idiosyncratic collection of prose poetry that reflects on form language and the fraught history of the relationship between the Sioux other Native peoples and the US government In the first part the writer frag

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    Summary Whereas AUTHOR Layli Long Soldier Whereas AUTHOR Layli Long Soldier E–pub/Kindle Before I read these poems for the first time I listened to an interview with Layli Long Solder on the On Being Podcast which helped provide some context for the poems Krista Tippett doesn't always get it right but her uestions were often good places to start the discussion Layli Long Soldier does not want to be seen as a representative voice which should be understandable but if you read reviews of this colle

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    Summary Whereas AUTHOR Layli Long Soldier Summary ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Layli Long Soldier Layli Long Soldier ✓ 4 Free read Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexThese poems are memorable and moving but most of all they're important Being Native American is existing in a place that has massacred and stolen from your ancestors and now expects you to be appreciative for surviving This poetry explores how hard it is to gain understanding from a government that downplays it's transgressions while apologizing This author plays wit

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    Whereas AUTHOR Layli Long Soldier E–pub/Kindle Everything is in the language we use This felt like two totally different collections in one which makes it a little tough to analyze and reviewThe title of the book is a reference to the Native American Apology Resolution a formal though neutered admission of wrongs by the US government against indigenous peoples which was signed by President Obama in December 2009 and which features that word whereas 20 times The se

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    Whereas AUTHOR Layli Long Soldier E–pub/Kindle Layli Long Soldier is a citizen of the United States and of the Oglala Lakota Nation Her collection Whereas won the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the National B

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    Summary ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Layli Long Soldier Layli Long Soldier ✓ 4 Free read Summary Whereas AUTHOR Layli Long Soldier The first section of the collection plays with language and form The second section is grounded and is a response to the formal apology given by congress to the native peoples in 2009 Here again the author plays with language to demonstrate th

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